Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Rebecca Koenig
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.68 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Night Out in the Parks movies and concerts.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920.

In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years.

Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool.

In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing.

The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations.

The park's new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Descriptors: Grass

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 205417Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2017/11/08 00:00From November 7, 2017 to March 6, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$221.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 205416Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Male2017/11/01 23:00From November 1, 2017 to March 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$221.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 222017Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$120.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 208485Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2017/10/05 23:00From October 5, 2017 to March 1, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$221.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 208484Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2017/10/06 21:30From October 6, 2017 to March 2, 2018
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 5, 2018
$221.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 208585CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 17:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$26.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Taylor-Lauridsen 211479InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 18:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 211701OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 211854Individual_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2018/02/02 00:30From February 1, 2018 to May 10, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$16.00
Basketball Skills at Taylor-Lauridsen 211813InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 211963InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 212099InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 19:15From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 212325InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
FFW Preview - Fitness Center at Taylor-Lauridsen 228606OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to January 13, 2018
Each Monday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 3:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 228628InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/09 23:30January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 228649InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/11 23:30January 11, 2018
Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Taylor-Lauridsen 212496InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2018/01/08 22:45From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
$14.00
Fun and Games at Taylor-Lauridsen 226646InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
$10.00
Fun with Food at Taylor-Lauridsen 226644InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Fun with Food at Taylor-Lauridsen 226643InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 213184InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Painting at Taylor-Lauridsen 226647InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$10.00
Pinochle Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 213444OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 213639InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 213759OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 213760OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 226645InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 226642InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 214001InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 19:15From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
$0
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 214506InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 8, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 214505InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:45From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$14.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.68 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Night Out in the Parks movies and concerts.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920.

In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years.

Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool.

In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing.

The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations.

The park's new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.